Osaka withdraws from Wimbledon with Achilles tendon injury

Tennis – WTA Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 1, 2022 Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during her second round match against Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo REUTERS/Susana Vera

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June 18 (Reuters) – Former world number one Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from Wimbledon with a left Achilles injury, the four-time Grand Slam champion announced on Saturday.

The Japanese from Osaka suffered an injury in Madrid, forcing her to miss the WTA 1000 tournament in Rome ahead of the French Open where she lost in the first round.

Last week, she posted a video on social media, saying: “Here I am running on an underwater treadmill because my Achilles is still stubborn (sic), I must be getting old or something. “

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She added on Saturday: “My Achilles is still not well, so I’ll see you next time.”

Osaka said after her loss at Roland Garros that she was not 100% sure if she would play on grass this season.

The men’s ATP and women’s WTA have taken away grass-court Grand Slam ranking points after the organizers of the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) decided to ban the participation of Russian and Belarusian players following the invasion of Ukraine by Moscow.

Osaka had felt that playing in the major without the possibility of earning points would not help his ranking and the authorities’ decision had reduced his motivation to play.

Osaka, who is ranked 43rd, also pulled out of Wimbledon last year after missing out for “personal reasons” – a month after leaving the French Open due to mental health issues.

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Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; additional reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Ed Osmond

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